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Be Seen – Use a Directory Submission Service

There are many different forms of online marketing but one of the best is directory submission. In today’s touch business virtually all websites have got their URL in at least one, if not more, directories making sure that they are seen by the search engines.

Directory Submission Explained
Think of a web directory as a kind of telephone book; instead of phone numbers it’s full of websites. There are hundreds of these directories on the internet and picking the right ones is essential for maximum exposure. You submit your URL to your chosen site/s; they categorize it under the relevant heading. Users can look through these directories and select your website by clicking the URL, which takes them to your site. Directory submissions can result in increased traffic to your site. If you use the service of a directory submission service you will get better results as your links will be created correctly.

What is a Directory Submission Service?
There are 2 types of directory submission service – manual and automated. Manual are the best because your URL will only be submitted to quality directories whereas automated ones will submit to several but there’s no quality control. Manual service providers will always make sure that your URL is filed under the correct categories and they also make sure the title is relevant and SEO friendly and that the best keywords have been used. Choosing manual directory submission ensures that only a few, top quality directories will list your website. Using an automated service can result in you being blacklisted and classed as a spammer for submitting your URL to too many places. To make sure that your website receives the right kind of exposure, always go for a manual service. It’s also the cheaper option of the 2.

Using a manual directory submission service ensures that search engines will index your website correctly through the use of search engine spiders. This method ensures that your website is seen by as many people as possible as it will appear in search results; this results in increased traffic to your website which, in turn, could result in increased profit.

First Page Placement on Google: Two Routes To The Top

When you’re shooting for the elusive first page placement on Google, you have two simple choices: the overnight-celebrity option or the long-grind option.

Sure, Baby, I can make you an Overnight Celebrity
If you want the glamour and sparkling lights of topranked placement now and you’re willing to spend to get it, pay-per-click marketing is the option for you. Pay-per-click, or PPC, marketing is what creates those “Sponsored Links” at the top and sides of nearly every search.

The advantages of PPC are simple but powerful:

  • you don’t pay anything unless someone clicks on your Sponsored Link.
  • everyone who clicks on your Sponsored Link goes straight to your landing page, where you have the chance to turn them from a surfer into a customer.
  • the sponsored links start appearing the moment you’ve finished setting up the campaign, so there’s no delay; your customers arrive minutes after you’re done.

On the other hand:

  • Compared to a mature SEO campaign, the cost of PPC visitors is obscenely high.
  • If you don’t do your keyword research carefully, you can end up paying for a lot of visitors who are looking for information rather than a product or service to buy.
  • When you stop paying for PPC, it stops working instantly, too — there’s no ‘residuals’.

The Long Grind
The other option for first page placement is straight up organic SEO — doing everything you can to make your website look good to Google. This is a huge field and it takes an SEO company to do the job well.

If you think you might like SEO, it’s probably because:

  • SEO, once it’s matured, is extremely efficient money-wise, almost to the point of generating free traffic.
  • Visitors that come from a well-designed SEO campaign almost always arrive with the intent of buying what you’re offering.
  • Once you start getting traffic from SEO, you’ll keep getting traffic from it for quite a while, even if you stop paying for it for a while.

On the other hand:

  • SEO takes a long time to mature — six to twelve months is normal, and double that in particularly competitive markets — and until it matures, it can feel like you’re just throwing money down a hole.
  • Because of that, you can’t be guaranteed results when you pay for SEO; the best you can be guaranteed is that your website will move upward in the search rankings, which is not nearly the same thing.

PPC Management And The Power of Shoestrings and Bootstraps

PPC management is a service offered by many SEO companies — it’s the service of taking your pay-per-click marketing campaign under their wing and nursing it to health. Or just creating it from scratch if you don’t already have one; the point is, they manage the campaigns and make sure that they’re profitable.

Why is this important? Because for a great many entrepreneurs, ‘profitable’ is a line that’s hard to get across — it’s not that hard to make money, but it’s pretty tough to make more money than you had to spend in order to make the money in the first place. PPC management is the art of, forgiving the mixed metaphor, pulling your shoestring budget up by it’s own bootstraps.

Here’s how it works: you have a product with a profit margin. Let’s say you sell widgets for $8 at a cost of $3 per widget and a monthly cost of $5000 for rent and other expenses. Obviously, you need to sell a thousand widgets to break even. But in order to sell widgets, you need to advertise, and that takes money.

If you’re advertising online, you have two basic options: Search Engine Optimization (SEO), or Pay-Per-Click (PPC). SEO is amazing stuff, capable of driving huge quantities of traffic to your site for almost no money, but even the most affordable SEO services take months to build that traffic up to an appreciable amount.

PPC on the other hand gets your traffic today, but it costs significantly more money (on the vicinity of 16x as much per customer) as SEO. But let’s do the math. Let’s say you have to spend $.04 to get a single visit to your website from PPC. Then let’s say that, on average, only 1 in 25 visitors to your website actually buys a widget — that means your total cost-per-sale is $1 per widget.

That means that your profit per widget has just dropped from $5/widget to $4/widget, meaning you need to sell 1,250 widgets in order to break even. The question then becomes: can PPC help you sell 1,250 widgets in a month?

The answer is yes, of course it can, that’s why it works. You’ll need to sit down and talk to your PPC management company about the exact numbers in each scenario, of course, but it’s well within the power of a solid PPC campaign to drive a thousand visitors to your website every day (assuming you’ve done your homework and a decently-sized audience for your product actually exists) — and you only need, on average, 1041 to break even.

Is it extremely efficient? No — but when you’re working with shoestrings and bootstraps, the question is simply will it work? And for most businesses, the answer is yes — PPC management works.